(ChatterShmatter) – Test results just released indicate that in many cities across the United States, Americans are drinking water laced with cancer causing carcinogens.
According to the Environmental Working Group who performed the research, 31 out of 35 cities they surveyed had levels of hexavalent chromium in the drinking water.
This chemical is the same that was made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich” in which a class-action suit was filed against a massive company because of the toxic chemical being found in resident’s drinking water.
Previous studies performed on lab animals have proven that exposure to hexavalent chromium can increase cancer risk, meaning that millions of Americans are also at risk of developing the disease.
Last year California became the first US state to take steps to reduce the amount of hexavalent chromium in drinking water by proposing no more than 0.06 parts per billion.
“This chemical has been so widely used by so many industries across the US that this doesn’t surprise me,” Erin Brockovich told The Washington Post.